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University of South Carolina Beaufort


Tye Pettay

Assistant Professor

p: 843-521-4147


The Department of Natural Sciences strives to foster critical thinking, educate global citizens and engage students in an academically rigorous experience that develops individual resourcefulness and cultural appreciation. Using evolutionary theory as a guiding principle, students receiving a BS in Biology will obtain a detailed understanding of biological complexity from electrons to ecosystems and cells to biological systems. Faculty conduct research on a diverse array of topics ranging from medicinal chemistry and diseases to molecular ecology and environmental change, and regularly bring their experiences into the classroom and laboratory. Much of this research has global implications for humans and the environment; however, given the unique location of USCB, one of the primary foci is on the local marine and estuarine systems of the coastal Atlantic Ocean, Port Royal Sound and May River.

As a member of a smaller department, you are not just a number but an individual that will receive personal attention for your specific academic aspirations. We graduate professionally dynamic individuals and use years of research and academic experiences to assist students in exploring diverse routes to employment. In addition to the general biology curriculum, students can select a concentration from a variety of fields such as Biomedical Sciences, Coastal Ecology & Conservation, and Marine Biology.